RIMPAC partners share new ideas at innovation fair

Arenas Kuliavskas, left, explains U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Omniglobe system to Chilean Navy Chief Petty Officers Moises Lopez, center, and Omar Mardones at the 2018 RIMPAC Innovation Fair, June 28. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Justin R. Pacheco

MC1 Cory Asato

U.S. 3rd Fleet

Six units from five countries presented their design ideas at the inaugural innovation fair during 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 30.

Sailors from the Indian Navy stealth multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri (F49), Royal Malaysian Navy frigate KD Lekiu (FFG 30), Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide (L01), Republic of Korea Navy destroyer Yulgok Yi (DDG 992), Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 and USS Halsey (DDG 97) presented innovative concepts from the deckplates geared toward improving quality of life and increasing efficiency and unit cohesion.

“The best ideas come from the folks that use it,” said Cmdr. Brett Elko, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and assigned to the U.S. 3rd Fleet staff.

“We wanted to use the opportunity of RIMPAC, this international stage, to share ideas throughout the naval community and involve our most junior Sailors.”

Each unit presented concepts such as radio-frequency identification to locate Sailors, a floating damage control bag, yoga in a shipboard environment, a shipboard food waste disposal system, and a web-enabled parking system to a panel of judges featuring representatives from the international community, deck plate leadership and a subject matter science expert from the Office of Naval Research.

“RIMPAC and the innovation fair has presented a unique opportunity for us,” said Royal Malaysian Navy Sub-lieutenant Chan Jun Kwan, assigned to KD Lekiu.

“I was able to board many other nations’ naval vessels and see their damage control procedures and tools which helped me to assess the versatility of our concept on the international stage.”

The panel graded each presentation on impact, feasibility, originality and alignment with the RIMPAC theme of “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.”

KD Lekiu’s concept of a floating damage control bag earned first place, INS Sahyadri earned second place with their concept of shipboard yoga and ROKS Yulgok Yi received an honorable mention with their concept of a shipboard waste disposal system.

“I’m glad I was able to share our concept and perspective,” Kwan said.

“Our Navy has an innovation competition similar to this annually with hundreds of submissions. The problem we are trying to address affects every ship in all navies around the world so we’re very thankful for this opportunity.”

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